Required Application Documents

Required Application Documents

Applicants for admission must be graduates of an accredited university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the admission requirements of a particular program, domestic degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent. We recommend that International applicants have an overall standing of Second Class - Upper Division or higher.

Meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee admission. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will advise all applicants in writing of admission decisions once they are received from the program. Applicants are encouraged to regularly monitor their Lakehead University email and application portal for the most current information.

Supervisor Information

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

Click here to Apply to Graduate Studies

After you have applied 

After you have submitted the online application form, you can access your account here. Any change in your application status will be reflected in this portal.

Graduate Studies Reference Form
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Program Specific Supporting Documents (If required)
  • For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
Official English Test Results (If required)

Application Specific Requirements

Official Transcript Requirements

One (1) official copy of your complete academic record must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies directly from the institution(s) attended bearing the official seal of those institution(s). If your degree from those institution(s) is currently in progress, please submit the transcripts of your course work to date. Admitted students will not be allowed to register until their final official transcripts have been received. 

Current or former Lakehead University students are required to upload their unofficial Lakehead University transcript in support of their graduate application. If you are recommended for admission, you will not need to submit the official version.

For a transcript to be accepted by Lakehead University, it MUST:

  • Be an official document in your native language
  • Be signed by an official of that institution
  • Bear the seal of the institution
  • If the documents which you are submitting are not in English, you will be required to provide notarized English translations together with copies of the original documents
  • Be sent directly from the institution to Lakehead University or be sent by the applicant in an envelope sealed by the institution

Your transcript should contain:

  • A list of courses taken and the grades/marks received, by year level
  • The number of semesters and years that you have studied in the institution
  • The grading scheme used by the institution
  • The diploma(s)/degree(s) granted to you by the institution

Unofficial academic records may be submitted as interim working documents; however, an official final transcript must follow them.

Please note: Once supporting documents, including transcripts, are submitted, they become the property of Lakehead University and cannot be returned.

Any hard copy documents submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies that are not required by the applicant’s program will be discarded.

Official Proof of Degree REQUIREMENTS

If your degree has been completed, you must submit official proof that your degree has been awarded or conferred. Admitted students will not be allowed to register until their final official transcript(s) and proof of degree(s) have been received.

For a proof of degree to be accepted by Lakehead University, it MUST:

  • Be an official document in your native language which indicates the name of the degree awarded or conferred, the date upon which the degree has been awarded or conferred
  • Be signed by the Registrar or Chief Officer of that institution
  • Bear the seal of the institution
  • If the documents which you are submitting are not in English, you will be required to provide notarized English translations together with copies of the original documents

If your final official transcript includes the name of the degree you have been awarded or conferred and the date upon which the degree has been awarded or conferred, this will be considered official proof of degree.

If your final official transcript does not include the above information, you are required to submit separate official documentation, as proof of degree.

Provisional certificates will not be accepted as proof of degree.

Additional documentation may be requested in support of proof of degree.

Unofficial certificates may be submitted as interim working documents; however, an official proof of degree must follow.

Please note: Once supporting documents, including proof of degree(s), are submitted, they become the property of Lakehead University and cannot be returned.

Any hard copy documents submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies that are not required by the applicant’s program will be discarded.